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The long arm of Al Qaida

Last month's bombings in Ouagadougou could signal a much bigger campaign of attacks in Africa

Al Qaida's military-security chief Seif el Adel is suspected by Western security experts of having played a key role in the bombing of the Splendid Hotel and the Café Cappuc...


After the 'rising' – now reform and realism

The new year started with a host of commodity price crashes, runs on currencies and warnings about mounting debts

Bankers' bets, based on glossy analytical reports about Africa's lion economies and a doubling of its gross domestic product by 2025, were discreetly torn up last year. In their pl...

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Currency crunch

It will take more than devaluation to shield economies from tougher market conditions and political risks

There is a strong sense of déjà vu in the policy dilemmas that African governments face as national currencies weaken and national debts mount. Three decades ago, emissaries from t...


Pentagon expands in Africa

The US Africa Command is improving its logistics south of the Sahara because it believes insurgent threats are growing

Africa is home to 'growing threats and opportunities', says the United States Africa Command (Africom) Commander, General David M. Rodriguez. The USA is accordingly improving its a...


New ideas, harder times and a few surprises

After a decade of strong growth, new economic pressures are prompting protests and political change

When international conferences have to devote an extra day to crafting upbeat resolutions, you know hard times are coming. In December, over 180 delegations went an extra 100 metre...

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Donors stop donating

The aid party is over. Industrialised countries are reducing their spending and postponing their promises

The message from the United Nations Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last July could not have been clearer. At the summit, tasked with agreeing on how ...


Spyware and the state

The ethics of HackingTeam's deals with African governments are under scrutiny as more details emerge of the opposition politicians targeted

Africa Confidential has uncovered more about how HackingTeam dealt with its African government clients after researching the company's leaked correspondence. Some 400 gigabytes wor...


Bouquets and brickbats

Some well-aimed political points made President Obama’s tour a personal success but deep concern about US policy remains

As soon as Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairwoman of the African Union Commission, had told President Barack Obama: ‘Although we welcome you as President of the US, we also claim you a...


Hack exposes state spies

A leak of over one million emails has exposed African governments’ purchase of software to spy on and disrupt dissidents

For years, the governments of Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan and Uganda have been cracking down on dissent, intimidating opposition leaders, arresting journalists and even firing ...


Goalfest in Addis

A UN conference on how to replace the expiring Millennium Development Goals with a new programme looked mostly at money

Populated by sleep-deprived politicians and their entourages, non-governmental organisation activists and assorted policy wonks, the United Nations Financing for Development meetin...


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